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"Knowing God" by J. I. Packer
The book "Knowing God" is considered to be one of the top classic Christian non-fiction books. It is a book that is incredibly deep.
I am sure that most of us do not consider ourselves to be pilgrim's, but we are. When we think of a pilgrim, we think of the early settlers in America, the one's with the funny hats. One of the definitions of a pilgrim is a person regarded as journeying through life, a traveler. All of us are on a journey in this earthly life, most of what happens to us is not under our control, we are just fooling ourselves to believe that we can determine our fate. One of the things that we can control is the knowledge and edification that we feed our brains. When we become a Christian we embark on another pilgrimage to grow in our relationship with Jesus Christ. Many Christians do not grow, they remain a babe, they attend church and maybe even a Bible class, but yet they are only observers in this, they do not read God's Word, they refuse to study it, they are anemic, crass, and in a state of passivity. I am sure that my last sentence caused more than uncomfortableness, maybe a few ruffled feathers.
I was asked a great question recently, how do I know when God is talking to me, how do I know His voice? My husband and I have been married for nearly 26 years, we know each other so well we can even finish each others sentences, and most of the time we know what the other is thinking. I know my husbands every freckle, his eyes, the shape of his ears, his expressions; we know each other well because we have spent so much time together. The more time we spend in God's Word, reading His Word, studying His Word, spending time in prayer, and also in obeying His Word; then we will know and distinguish His voice. In the gospel of John chapter 10, Jesus talks about the good shepherd, the sheep hear their shepherds voice and follow him; they would not follow a stranger "because they do not know the voice of strangers." The good shepherd takes care of, sleeps beside, cares for, spends all of his time, with his sheep. We are the sheep in this story that Jesus told, we know and distinguish His voice when we spend time with Him. It would suffice to say that when we do not spend time with Jesus, then we are apt to follow "strangers."
I took 17 pages of notes on the book "Knowing God," I had to read the book slowly, deliberately, going back often to previous paragraphs or pages to re-read in order for me to truly understand.
To say that this book is great, or wonderful, would be far to inadequate. This book is more than memorable, it is to the best of my vocabulary, a banquet of spiritual edification.
The book has twenty-two chapters, divided into 3 units: "Know the Lord," "Behold Your God," and "If God Be For Us." In the preface J. I. Packer writes that; "Christian minds have been conformed to the modern spirit: Great thoughts of man, leaving room for small amounts of God." Isn't that just like man to elevate himself and leave God out, or at least put God in a box to be used when they need Him. Chapter four is on idolatry, he writes that "images dishonor God, for they obscure His glory." We cannot guess our way to Him by intuition, or infer them by analogy from our notion of man hood. We can't know Him unless He speaks and tells us about Himself."
"The mind that takes up with images is a mind that has not yet learned to love and attend to God's Word."
I will close with one of the "five basic truths, foundations, principles of the knowledge about God: God is Lord and King over His world; He rules all things for His own glory, displaying His perfections in all that He does, in order that men and angels may worship and adore Him."

"Therefore God exalted Him to the highest place and gave Him the name that is above every name, that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, in heaven and on earth and under the earth, and every tongue confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father."
Philippians 2: 9-11

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